Mail order VS local apple trees?
In my search for apple trees I have found several online/mail order companies that have a wide variety of apple trees, most in the $20 - $35 per tree range. My search locally was "fruitless" last year : ) This week I found out about a place approx. 20 miles from here that sells apple trees, but they only carry two varieties, Gala, and Yellow Delicious, which are sold in pairs. The cost is $77 for a 1" diam., and $95 for a 1 1/4" daim., which the owner says is about 6' in height. From what I have read, the mail order trees are in the 3 - 4' range for height.
So my question is, would I be better off sacrificing selection and cost savings, to have a larger tree that was grown locally? Even taking shipping costs into account, the mail order companies are much less expensive, but how many years would I have to wait for it to produce? The local guy says his could produce as early as next year.
Anyone growing either of these varieties? What do you folks recommend?